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Mildred Pierce and Flamingo Road

February 9, 2018 @ 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film”

Mildred Pierce (1945)
Directed by Michael Curtiz

Joan Crawford’s career-renewing turn is the primary but far from the only attraction adorning one of Michael Curtiz’s most venerated films. Nominated for five Academy Awards with Crawford winning for Best Actress, the picture is buoyed by Ann Blyth’s memorable performance as Veda, “the daughter-from-hell,” the wonderfully smarmy Eve Arden, a lecherous Jack Carson, with Zachary Scott putting his best heel forward as Mildred’s foppish husband. A stylized screenplay by Ranald MacDougall (and an uncredited Catherine Turney) is accentuated by Ernest Haller’s shaded photography in this brilliant adaptation of James M. Cain’s novel about the dark side of the American dream.

Production/Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. Director: Michael Curtiz. Producer: Jerry Wald. Screenwriter: Ranald MacDougall. Based on the novel Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain. Cinematographer: Ernest Haller. Editor: David Weisbart. Cast: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth.

35mm, b/w, 111 min.

Followed by:

Flamingo Road (1949)
Directed by Michael Curtiz

Nitrate Print!

Curtiz and Crawford repurpose the rags-to-riches theme that has Joan as a traveling carnival grind dancer stuck in a small town and running afoul of a perverse Southern sheriff (Sydney Greenstreet) after falling for his deputy (Zachary Scott), who is being groomed for political office. When Crawford aligns herself with Greenstreet’s rival (David Brian), matters shape up for a juicy showdown. Co-starring Gladys George, Virginia Huston and Fred Clark, this scintillating melodrama was Curtiz’s final film production by his Warner Bros.-based company.

Production Company: Michael Curtiz Productions, Inc. Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. Director: Michael Curtiz. Producer: Jerry Wald. Screenwriter: Robert Wilder. B ased on the play by Robert and Sally Wilder. Cinematographer: Ted McCord. Editor: Folmer Blangsted. Cast: Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet, David Brian, Gladys George.

35mm nitrate, b/w, 94 min.

In person: Alan K. Rode will sign copies of Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film beginning at 6:30 p.m.

FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.


February 9, 2018
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States